Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s ever-evolving life has taken an entrepreneurial turn: He’s touting a new line of marijuana products right here in Boston, which he credits for bringing him peace decades after leaving the boxing ring. Huh.
“It has put me in a frame of mind where I can be at peace with myself, my family, my dear friends,” Tyson told the Herald.
The professional fighter, once known as “The Baddest Man in the World,” was at an Ascend Cannabis shop in downtown Boston on Thursday, promoting Tyson 2.0, a brand of marijuana flowers and edibles.
Tyson has turned into an advocate for cannabis after a turbulent history with drugs and run-ins with the law. He spent years behind bars in the 1990s and then pleaded guilty to drug charges in 2007. At the time, he checked himself into an inpatient rehab facility for “various addictions” and was ordered to serve three years’ probation and 360 hours of community service. Service.
In his 2013 autobiography, “Undisputed Truth,” Tyson described a vicious addiction to hard drugs that began when he was a pre-teen:
“I actually think that one of the reasons I started doing so much coke was because I was in a lot of physical pain from my boxing career. I know a few hockey players who told me the same story. When you got that kind of pain If it happens, you cannot be friends with anyone. You are like a lion with a wounded paw.”
He told the Herald that he had found new consistency through legitimate strains of cannabis.
“I don’t have to explode when I take opiates. It keeps me healthy.”
He classified his pivot away from opium to cannabis as a life-or-death decision.
On cannabis, “You will live. That’s the difference,” he told the Herald.
Tyson 2.0 products will be available in stores in Massachusetts, Colorado, California, Nevada and Michigan. The name of the line said he personally tests each product line he launches, but his favorite is the toad strain, which promises feelings of happiness and relaxation.
After taking autographs and photographing a long line of fans in the ascent, Tyson headed north to New England’s boxing mecca: Lowell. He participated in the New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions Final at the Lowell Auditorium. It was a big night for all the fighters involved, and he gave advice to young boxers who dream big.
“It should be taken seriously, but don’t think that if you don’t win tonight, you won’t have your night. It’s all about never giving up and trying. By doing this, you’ll have your day.” , “They said.
Tyson is also dedicated to one of his most beloved creatures: pigeons. He told the Herald that he currently keeps about 600 pigeons as pets. They have a soft spot for roller pigeons, which are pet birds that can be trained to roll and roll in the air. He shared a video of one of his flocks growing in sync.
“They’re doing great,” he said with a smile.